The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth on Schedule to Re-Open in June Following Transformational Renovation

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The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, located in the beautiful New England college town of Hanover, New Hampshire (home to Dartmouth College) will reopen in June 2012. The newly transformed Hanover Inn at Dartmouth features guest rooms appointed with locally designed decor and amenities, and will feature a world-renowned chef's signature restaurant and the best equipped conference facilities between Boston and Montreal. Phase One of the renovation will reopen in time for Dartmouth Commencement and reunions.

Hanover Inn at Dartmouth lobby

An artist’s rendering of the new lobby of the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, featuring locally-made furniture and lighting from Pompanoosuc Mills and Simon Pearce.

The service and atmosphere of the new Hanover Inn will embody the sense of community, warmth, and personal attention that defines the Dartmouth experience. -- Joe Mellia, General Manager

The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, located in the beautiful New England college town of Hanover, New Hampshire -- home to Dartmouth College-- will reopen in June 2012. The newly-transformed Hanover Inn at Dartmouth features guest rooms appointed with locally designed decor and amenities, and will feature a world-renowned chef's signature restaurant and the best equipped conference facilities between Boston and Montreal. Phase One of the renovation will reopen in time for Dartmouth Commencement and reunions.

The Inn closed for major renovations last year and will reopen in phases. Work is continuing on schedule for 94 of the Inn’s 108 guest rooms to open in June. In addition to a complete upgrade of guest rooms and the hotel’s full-service amenities, the renovation addresses a longstanding need for modern, on-campus conference facilities reflecting Dartmouth’s standing as a world-class educational and research institution.

The phased opening will continue through the summer, building to a grand opening of the full facility in November 2012. Overlooking the Dartmouth Green, the Inn’s picturesque location has offered lodging establishments since 1780. The Inn is owned by Dartmouth and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America.

“The Inn is Dartmouth’s ‘front door.’ It is often the first place that prospective faculty, students, parents and visitors see, and where their first impressions of the College are formed,” says Linda Snyder, vice president of Campus Planning and Facilities. “For alumni and other visitors, the re-envisioned Inn will continue to be an important destination, welcoming them back to Dartmouth.”

Joe Mellia, general manager of the Inn, said, “The service and atmosphere of the new Hanover Inn will embody the sense of community, warmth, and personal attention that defines the Dartmouth experience. We eagerly anticipate welcoming alumni, families, and friends of the College back to the Inn to showcase the improved guest amenities and preview what will be the premiere conference and event destination between Boston and Montreal.”

The Inn’s interior is being transformed so that its facilities will serve the 21st-century needs of the Dartmouth community, conference attendees, and visitors. The facilities, which have undergone significant improvements for sustainability, reflect the beauty of the Dartmouth campus and surrounding natural environment along the Connecticut River. Features include luxurious amenities, state-of-the-art technology, guest rooms by renowned designer Bill Rooney, and a signature restaurant featuring “farm-to-table” local flavors.

The town of Hanover was recognized by Money Magazine in 2011 as #6 on its “best places to live” list for its “economic, social and cultural advantage rare in towns so far from major urban centers.” The Inn’s Main Street location—adjacent to adjacent to the Hood Museum of Art, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center (opening in September 2012)—is ideal to access the museums, performances, and cultural assets of Dartmouth. Across the Green, Dartmouth’s historic Baker Library, offers visitors welcoming study centers, excellent collections and special exhibitions. Outdoor attractions nearby include the Hanover Country Club 18-hole golf course, Appalachian Trail, Ledyard Canoe Club on the Connecticut River, Dartmouth Skiway, Cross Country Ski Center, and a variety of Dartmouth athletic events. The tax-free shopping of downtown Hanover’s boutiques and its highly-rated restaurants are just outside the Inn’s doors.

The debut of the reborn Hanover Inn takes place in three stages:

●    June 2012: The Inn re-opens with 94 spacious, state-of-the-art guest rooms and four one-bedroom suites overlooking the Dartmouth Green. Wireless and hardwired Dartmouth secure Internet will be available throughout the facility. A new 38-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

●    August 2012: The Hayward Room, a new addition, opens with 1,761 square feet of space (accommodating 100 to 150 people) and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Four additional executive meeting rooms will be located on a lower level.

●    November 2012: The Minary Conference Center opens, encompassing a grand ballroom with 3,933 square feet of meeting and event space capable of accommodating up to 330 people. The area also includes three executive meeting rooms. The November grand opening will introduce a new fitness center for Inn guests, 14 additional guest rooms including an oversized suite overlooking Main Street, for a total of 108 rooms. The Inn’s new signature restaurant, currently being designed by one of New England’s best-known chefs, will open, serving lunch and dinner in a prime location—at the corner of Main and Wheelock Streets. The smaller dining space will transition to serving breakfast only and will be available as additional reception space and for private events following the opening of the larger restaurant.

For information and reservations at the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, visit http://www.hanoverinn.com or call (800) 443-7024.

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